President Trump issued a proclamation on Friday declaring April National Sexual Assault Awareness month — a move that went about as well as you might expect.
Per CNN, April has been National Sexual Assault Awareness month since 2001, and Barack Obama was the first president to issue a proclamation about the initiative in 2010. The Trump administration continued the tradition, with a presidential proclamation that reads:
“Sexual assault crimes remain tragically common in our society, and offenders too often evade accountability. These heinous crimes are committed indiscriminately: in intimate relationships, in public spaces, and in the workplace.”
As Yahoo News reports, social media users were quick to point out the irony of the proclamation, given that multiple women have accused the president of sexual assault, and that Trump infamously once bragged about his affinity for sexually assaulting women.
Donald Trump just declared April 2018 as National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month.
Perhaps to celebrate, every day of the month he'll publicly address just one of the allegations against him.
— Justin Hendrix (@justinhendrix) March 30, 2018
President Trump, who stands accused of sexual assault or harassment by 19 women, names April 'National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month' https://t.co/elFrgqggLc
— Marlow Stern (@MarlowNYC) March 30, 2018
Donald Trump declares April "National Sexual Assault Awareness and Irony Month."
— Paul Solomon (@FrankTheDoorman) March 30, 2018
Of course, the reaction to Trump’s proclamation is hardly surprising. His efforts to acknowledge International Women’s Day weren’t particularly well received either.